March Must-Dos For Your Kansas City Home

As Kansas City slowly approaches warmer days, are you among the many homeowners catching spring fever? The Just Say Home KC Team is right there with you! While you might be restless for the longer days just around the corner, getting your home in shape is essential before you can enjoy kicking back on a balmy evening.

J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman, a commercial and residential repair, maintenance, and improvement franchise, states that March is the perfect time to complete those home maintenance projects. This month is the ideal weather period as temperatures rise, but April showers haven't yet set in. According to Sassano, these "home maintenance projects can extend the longevity and improve the quality of your home, inside and out."

Where do you start? To prepare your home for spring, let's look at a checklist of home maintenance chores. If you're struggling to find the energy or time to tackle these chores, there's no need to stress! We've included tips to get them done faster and easier—or even with the help of a Kansas City professional.

Clean the gutters

Task: Ensuring your gutter system is ready to handle Midwest spring showers is essential, as overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations. To do this, remove leaves, pine needles, and other accumulated debris from the winter.

Shortcuts: Gutter guards —screens, foam inserts, surface tension covers— can be installed to help keep debris out of gutters. According to Consumer Reports, screen types work best.

Call in the pros: A gutter cleaner charges between $100 to $250 to clean 200 linear feet of gutter on a two-story, 2,500-square-foot house. Professional gutter guard installation costs $7.50 to $10 per linear foot.

Clean the AC Condenser

Task: Over the winter, dust and debris may have accumulated on your AC condenser (the big metal box outside your house). It's important to remove this debris to help the AC run efficiently.

Shortcuts: Hook up a garden hose, spray the outside of the condenser, and watch the water melt away the gunk. Don't use a brush, and be careful of pressure washing—this could damage or bend the fins.

Call in the pros: A KC professional will service your AC system for a few hundred dollars. This process includes cleaning the condenser and lubricating the fan motor.

Prep your Yard

Task: You don't have to wait for warmer temperatures to start the process of bringing your yard back to life.

Shortcuts: Take time to remove branches and stones, then use a lawn mower with a catch bag to make short work of dead leaves and twigs. Do you have rose bushes? For full, beautiful blooms, most landscaping experts will tell you to prune these just before the plant breaks dormancy and after the final frost—around mid-March for the Kansas City area. Bag and toss diseased buds in the trash to avoid spreading fungus and infestations.

Call in the pros: A lawn service typically charges $65 to $90 for mowing and leaf removal on an average-size lot.

Clean the Siding

Task: Dirt and grime can cause mildew and shorten the life of your siding, so make sure to remove this grime as soon as possible. As a bonus, the exterior of your home will look fresh and clean for spring.

Shortcuts: It's unnecessary to invest in fancy cleaning solutions or power washers—a bucket of warm, soapy water and a long-handled brush are all you need. Then, you can use your garden hose to rinse.

Call in the pros: If you want a KC professional, cleaning the siding on a two-story, 2,500-square-foot house can cost several hundred dollars.

Repair Outdoor Decks

Task: Prevent deck staining and reduce the chance of rot by removing leaves and debris, especially between deck boards. Remember to ensure the safety of your deck by checking for loose boards and resetting any protruding nails.

Shortcuts: A flat-bladed screwdriver can be used to pry gunk out from between boards, and deck cleaning products can revive faded and stained boards.

Call in the pros: On average, Kansas City deck-cleaning companies charge between $80 to $480 to clean a 16-by-20-foot deck.

Caulk Windows and Doors

Task: Inspect your windows, doors, and corner trim and repair any caulking that was damaged during the winter to prevent water infiltration and avoid costly repairs.

Shortcuts: Does it feel like you're continually caulking? Purchasing a high-quality, siliconized acrylic latex caulk rated for exterior use can reduce the frequency of this task. This type of caulk has good adhesion and flexibility, cleans up easily with water, and can be painted over.

Call in the pros: A professional caulking job on an average-size KC home costs a few hundred dollars.

Inspect Walkways and Driveways

Task: Winter is harsh on asphalt as freeze and thaw cycles break apart stone and concrete. Prevent further damage by sealing cracks, making sure the sealant matches the specific material of your driveway or walkway.

Shortcuts: Foam backer rods can be pressed into large cracks to reduce the amount of sealant needed.

Call in the pros: Hire a handyman in the KC area for anywhere from $100 to $250 to repair cracks and holes.

Inspect Roofing

Task: Examine your roofing closely for loose and missing shingles, worn and rusted flashing, and cracked boots around vent pipes.

Shortcuts: Want to check out your roof while standing firmly—and safely—on the ground? A pair of binoculars is the perfect solution.

Call in the pros: An experienced contractor can inspect your roof for free but will be charged for any repairs. This cost ranges from about $95 to $127 to replace broken or missing asphalt shingles and $200 to $500 to replace boots and flashing.

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